Best Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires in Size 275/55R20

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Gary Stanley

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires are common for those looking for aggressive tread patterns and some off-road traction. However, many drivers aren't looking for off-road traction and instead drive mostly on the street. These drivers would rather have a tire with a smoother and quieter ride with longer wear. This is what makes tires in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category so appealing to them. The best two options in this category for tire size 275/55R20 are the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza.

CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Bridgestone Dueler
H/L Alenza


If winter traction isn't a priority for you based on the area you live in, I'd suggest the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza for its smooth, quiet ride and outstanding wet traction. Are you going to experience winter conditions while on the road? Are you concerned about snow traction? You don't have to sacrifice much in the way of snow traction when you purchase the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. It provides very good snow traction for an all-season tire, even better than some all-terrain tires.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is currently ranked first in our tire survey results. It has the highest ratings in the following areas compared to other options in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category:

  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Light snow traction
  • Ride comfort

Curious to see what other drivers are saying about their experience with the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology? Take a look at some of our customer reviews

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2002 Chevrolet Suburban 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 33,500
Location: Tualatin, OR
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 33,500 Miles on Tires
April 26, 2014

My Suburban has the Z-71 off-road option, but since very little time is spent off road, I wanted a highway tire. Overall I am very pleased with this tire (disclaimer, it's the previous version of the Alenza with the 700 treadwear rating). It provides a very comfortable ride and the wear is very even. It did fine in the snow storms we had in the NW this winter, even with 1/4 tread left. The new version may last longer but I predict 40-42k miles from this set. Yes, I will be getting the new version of this tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial Long Trail T/A

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Radial Long Trail T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.71
 
 

2011 Nissan Xterra 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 55,000
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 55,000 Miles on Tires
May 25, 2014

This tire came as original equipment on my Xterra. The tread wear is substantial. I believe I could get 75,000 miles out of this set if I want to go that long. I was surprised to find that this tire is considered a "highway" tire because I have taken it off-road in sand, mud, snow and sharp rocks and have never been stuck or had a puncture. I imagine that an all-terrain will make my Xterra even more capable. I plan on replacing them soon with an all terrain tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

1985 Toyota Pick-up 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 12,500
Location: Woodinville, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 12,500 Miles on Tires
May 23, 2014

I've got these tires on my LandCruiser (wasn't a pick in the survey) and they're a perfect fit. The most remarkable thing about this tire is that the tread pattern is super-agressive / capable off-road while still remaining shockingly quiet on-road.

I've had MTR's and ProComp's before, and they all made loud "buzzing" noise going down the road (expected for mud tires). These MK2's have equal or better off-road performance while mysteriously remaining quiet on the road. Cool!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 BMW X5 xDrive35d
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2014

Running on run flat tires was the worst tire experience I have ever had within my 40 years of driving.The stiff sidewalks transmit noise. No more bang from pot holes and my X5 is now quiet at high speeds. I purchased one of the last discontinued X5 factory spares kits, but a tow service membership is a great all-around protection whether with or without a spare. My old run flat tires lasted for 30 thousand painful miles and the lower cost of the new non run flat tires equates to 20 thousand miles to break even. This SUV is now set up to run on the highway and is not going to see much off-road adventure that would justify stronger sidewalls. This is my summer tire and so far so good. Just completed my 500 mile trip from the Sacramento Valley to the Central Oregon Coast up the I 5 corridor. The diesel motor loved the added grip and mini vans faded away thru the mountains.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial Long Trail T/A

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Radial Long Trail T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8
 
 

2009 Nissan Xterra SE 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 89,349
Location: Zachary, LA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 89,349 Miles on Tires
June 13, 2014

What is there to say, those tires have been through everything from extreme heat conditions to cold sleet snow and I have yet to have a problem out of the tires! They truly HELD UP! If you take the time to take care of your these tires, you'll get the most bang for your buck, in my opinion. Even the guy replacing my tires said they were remarkable, of course he didn't recommend that I go that many miles again on the same tires. The grid in the tires were just about gone, so It was DEFINITELY TIME to replace. Also, add, that I've had to get a plug on the same tire twice around 67,000 miles. I'm strict when it comes to servicing my car, meaning every 5,000 I rotated the tires and did everything else around that to ensure my tires would last. This is one tire I can recommend for off-road because I carry heavy equipment on the occasion and well as a mud ride every once in a while.The highway and city is where most of my days w/ my vehicle tires were spent! As I type, I'm at a tire place getting another set put on! RECOMMENDING This tire to anyone looking for a great long-lasting tire.

Best All-Terrain Tire Choices for 275/55R20 Size

Monday, June 30, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Not too long ago, 20-inch tires were rare, exotic and mostly reserved for high-end European SUVs or show vehicles gracing the cover of automobile magazines. Those that were available were ultra high performance tires, often with little to no all-season traction and wore very quickly. This is not the case today. In fact, 20" tires are an option on many popular trucks, SUVs and domestic and import crossovers. 

Of the 20" sizes that are used, one of the most common is 275/55R20. This size is often used on SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Suburban, Ford Expedition and GMC Yukon. Trucks that commonly use this size include the Chevy Silverado, Dodge Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and can even be used with 20" wheels on newer Toyota Tundras. 

A popular misconception is that one can't find more aggressive On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires in this size. This performance category is one of the most effective in snow traction and light off-road capability in a tire that can be used year-round. Many of the best all-terrain tires on the market are available in this size, such as the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar and Michelin LTX A/T 2.   

 Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
 Michelin LTX A/T 2
Michelin LTX
A/T 2


If you're looking for a more street friendly ride and longer wear, I'd suggest the Michelin LTX A/T 2. It compares quite favorably to a long-time favorite that you can learn about by reading, "BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO vs. Michelin LTX A/T 2." For more aggressive snow and off-road traction, consider the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar as your top choice.  

Does your vehicle require a different tire size? Shop by size and view the complete selection available for your vehicle. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2005 Honda Civic DX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Edmonds, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
June 03, 2014

"Kenny the dentist" may not be thinking about his tires while doing autocross, but I certainly am and I am amazed how much more fun these tires add to playtime. They make me look better than I am as well as giving me the confidence to try for a little more. Monday-Friday errands and commuting: No worse than my winter tires in standing water; good to very good on normal wet pavement; more smiles on every curve in good weather. A little noisy, but not out of line for this type of tire. Very sensitive to seams and crowns in the road, but I appreciate feeling what is going on. Though not an off-road tire, it is not bad on my gravel road that the city no longer has funds to properly maintain; very poor on a tiny piece of tree roots and rocks I had to go through in a parking lot. My only complaint is that I had to keep waiting to put them on this past spring--there was always one more morning with frost. I never knew a little old lady could fall in love with tires!!

Goodyear's Top-Rated Wrangler DuraTrac

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Goodyear has really hit the nail on the head with their On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction Wrangler DuraTrac. It's specifically designed for drivers of multi-purpose full-sized pickups, vans, sport utility and commercial vehicles looking for tires that work both on- and off-road. The Wrangler DuraTrac is developed to be a versatile tire that provides off-road competence in dirt, gravel and mud with on-road composure in dry, wet and wintry conditions.

Wrangler DuraTrac tires feature a rugged chip-resistant tread compound that also guards against chunking and tearing, especially under heavy loads associated with towing. Its symmetric tread design combines large shoulders and highly angled center tread blocks to enhance stability and traction in dry and wet conditions. Self-cleaning, stepped shoulder blocks, zig-zag sipes and Goodyear's TractiveGroove Technology at the base of the circumferential grooves provide thousands of biting edges to improve traction in deep mud and snow. Branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol, it meets industry severe snow service standards and can also be studded. Finally, it features a rim lock that helps prevent wheel slip throughout the life of the tire. 

Take a look at what drivers are saying about their experience with the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac:

"Best tire hands down! 63,000 miles and great in all weather conditions. I tow with my truck 80% of the time. They wear and hook up great! Just getting a new set put on now." - Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Ford F-350 Super Cab

"Love these on my Silverado. Perfect truck tire and the ride is great with very little noise. I've had these in all conditions from dry, wet, mud, sand, snow and ice and they do great." - Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 4WD

Take a look at our survey results and see why the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac is currently the number one tire in its category.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser
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Miles driven on tires: 56,000
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 56,000 Miles on Tires
April 17, 2014

I bought these tires based on a friend's advice and on different surveys, rugged terrains have so far exceeded my expectations. They are great on the wet, excellent on light snow, very good on ice.
I go off-roading on the weekends, never had an issue.
I guess some people got mixed between the rugged trails and rugged terrains. launched two years ago;Impossible to buy them five years earlier as some reviewers said.
they were the best all around tires I have ever used, and would highly recommend them.
I would rank them in all weather mild off road category, rather than all Terrain.
in all cases they are much better than the all terrain Yoko's which I replaced and which became obsolete after 15.000 miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmorReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1

2008 Ford Escape 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
October 24, 2009

Installed on an 08 Escape with the new intelligent 4WD. First thing we noticed was the quiet ride. First test was trying to get it stuck in the mud, the tires come with free wench out, and with mud to the doors and the traction control turned off I floored it, mud went everywhere and the truck pulled strait out. Then it was on to the Apache Trail through the Superstition Mtns, very smooth on on the wash boards and truck was always sure footed. We then took it to Sedona, ARZ and did some off-roading. The truck was sure footed and there was no tire slipping going from rock to rock. Loose gravel and pebbles were no problem. On a drive through the mountains in CAL with a foot of snow on a dirt road the truck maintained 45MPH and the Low Traction light never even flickered. Just a note here, these tires do have the severe snow rating. We drove through a summer rain storm in ARK and the truck was again sure footed. There was standing water on the roadways and we maintained 70MPH. Average MPG is 19/23.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with KevlarReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Saint David, AZ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
August 05, 2009

WOW... WOW... 1 more...WOW !!! Just got them yesterday (33/12.5/15's/Kevlar) & they have passed every test w/flying colors... Replaced the "Old-Tread" w/the new "Kevlar" & could not be happyer, We could hardly hear them at all @ 75 mph on the Hwy ... Had a "Monsoon" in the afternoon & went for a "Test-Ripp"... Great over standing water on road... Than we went to the local wash & my 98 GRAND CHEROKEE (ZJ) 5.2 AWD/Auto has never went up that stuff as easy before... They "Dig" & "Float" over the softest sand... Than we headed for the MUD...WOW !!! I thought the old MT/Rs did good, @ 20 lbs, but the "New Tread" @ 36 lbs is WAY BETTER... I hardly hit the skinny-pedal & they were "Flinging" & they track fantaitic, No "Drift" in 6 to 12++ inches of "Sloppy Mud" (That same mud filled the old tread to the point of no control & my JEEP would go where it wanted) We had total control... I would guess with the "Extra Tread" down the center of the tire these will last about 3X longer or more than the old tread... We have 1 more test left for today, "Aired Down" on the "Rocks" (Witch is where we spend most of our WHEELIN time) & if they handle the rocks like the old tread I know I will be very pleased... (I will up-date when we get back if I can) As acting VP. of the local Off-Road club, I will tell everyone I know that these are "The Ones" to buy if they are in need of "New Shoes" for ANY of thier rig's...WOW !!!



...M... VP. S.P.O.R.A.

www.sanpedrooffroad.com

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2006 Honda Ridgeline
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Eugene, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2008

I've had them long enough to have driven in almost every condition on road, including deep snow, ice, heavy rain, dry highway, secondary roads with tight turns, and some highway cruising. I don't have any meaningful off-road experience to report.



These tires transformed the ride and tire noise levels to those of near car tires in our 2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL. We had low-profile Toyo Proxes ST, and while the dry handling was great, that was the only joy I got from them.



The Geolander AT-S, the replacement for the AT-2's,is far better for typical driving (I've had the AT-2's), with the extra sidewall casing belt. It steers very well, and generally does what is asked of it. In my case that's a lot. The Ridgeline puts 'sports' into a truck: it has precise steering, high spring and shock rates, and a fully independent suspension. It drives like a quality sedan. Tires have no where to hide with this vehicle and any flaw or characteristic is made apparent.



I'm mostly amazed at the ride quality, and the near absence any noise. These tires soak up most road imperfections extremely well, especially on expansion joints going over bridges. Yokohama has done a great job balancing everything one needs in a AT rated tire, while giving you (me really, until you buy your own!) what you're hoping for.



I drive pretty briskly, and the handling is just great. I've bought performance tires for nearly 20 years (usually the best of the best) and these remind me of how they handle in the wet. Matter of fact I've yet to slide this truck in either wet or dry condition, and haved provoked them, but never unsettled them yet.



For those that are big on tire wear (it's not a selling feature for me at all), I'm happy to report uniform, but hardly perceptible wear. I don't think most people could even see it. Oh yes, one other thing, these tires do seem to balance quite well, too.



Overall Yokohama makes a great tire for the money. I can't see how a ti